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The latest international news, analysis and features on the HIV epidemic from Avert. Share your views and expertise with your peers in the comments box below the articles.

21 May 2019

Churches can help increase HIV testing in South African men

Religious leaders can play a critical role in reaching hard-to-reach groups with HIV testing, including men and first-time testers.  

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18 March 2019

HIV self-testing is not a ‘magic bullet’

Self-testing reached men and youth with knowledge of their HIV status, but further intervention is needed to link people to antiretroviral treatment.  

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07 February 2019

Gay apps reveal moderate HIV testing rates among gay men in Tokyo

Despite moderate HIV testing rates among men who have sex with men using apps in Tokyo, more needs to be done to reach those not attached to the gay community.

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18 January 2019

Older and hard-to-reach men benefit from HIV self-testing in Zambia

HIV self-testing can increase knowledge of HIV status among men – particularly those older, and hard to reach – and should be considered as part of a comprehensive package in high prevalence settings.

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11 January 2019

Financial incentives improve HIV self-testing outcomes in Malawian men

Financial incentives for men in sub-Saharan Africa can significantly improve linkages to HIV prevention and treatment services after self-testing.

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30 November 2018

6 things to say to a friend who’s worried about testing for HIV

Being afraid of taking an HIV test is pretty common, but here are 6 things you can say to help put someone’s mind at rest.

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16 October 2018

Talking HIV: the fear of going to the clinic

For lots of people, the ‘fear of the unknown’ stops them from accessing sexual health testing and support. In this episode, Jim and Andy remember how they used to feel going into clinics and where they went for support. 

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10 October 2018

New screening tool offers cost-effective way to diagnose more HIV-positive adolescents

A simple questionnaire has been developed and validated in Harare, Zimbabwe, to pre-screen adolescents for HIV testing.

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14 September 2018

Hunger is linked to testing positive for HIV in South Africa

Is food insecurity a barrier to HIV testing or a risk factor for testing HIV-positive in South Africa?

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11 September 2018

Doing it for themselves: Communities pioneer new HIV testing approach in Vietnam

A community-based HIV testing pilot set up in Viet Nam in 2016 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Vietnam Authority for HIV/AIDS Control is empowering communities and changing lives.

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